Theme & Variations
Sundays @ 2pM

Theme and Variations introduces a new topic each week, presenting a wide range of music associated with that theme. Drawn from a millennium of Western classical music, the selections are an eclectic mix of familiar favorites and rarities. Theme and Variations is produced locally in Discover Classical’s studios by host Joe Law.


The title of a 1987 movie provides the theme for this week's sampling of music associated with planes, trains and automobiles. The music is by George Antheil, Hector Berlioz, Benjamin Britten, Frederick Converse, Michael Daugherty, Jonathan Dove, Henry Kimball Hadley, Hans Christian Lumbye, Michael Nyman and Johann Strauss I.


This week's program explores the early music of Richard Wagner, who was born on May 22, 1813. All of the music predates 1843, the year of the premiere of The Flying Dutchman, the first of his canonical works.


For Memorial Day, music associated with the American Civil War.  You'll hear compositions by Margaret Buechner, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Roy Harris, William H. Hartwell, W. S. Hays, Charles Ives, John Knowles Paine, Vincent Persichetti and Thomas Wiggins, as well as an anonymous work or two.